All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is the second best spinner India have in the team. Together with Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja has cleaned up many formidable batting line-ups in his career. He did that again against England on the second day of the fourth Test. He and Ashwin shared all 10 wickets between them.
Jadeja bowled a stupendous arm ball that surprised the batsman and the commentators. England batsman Adeel Rashid had no answer for such a delivery.
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England were bowled out for 400 runs on the second day of the Test match at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium.
Ravichandran Ashwin took 6 wickets to dismantle England’s batting. Jadeja got the remaining 4. However, the visitors still managed to get to a decent total.
For England, debutant opener Keaton Jennings hit a classy hundred. As they were moving towards a huge score, Ashwin struck with the ball. He took 6 wickets to scuttle the England innings. Later Jos Butler and Jake Ball played crucial knocks of 76 and 31 respectively to help their team reach a respectable total.
R Ashwin took his 23rd five-wicket haul and made a new record. He has equalled Kapil Dev who had taken 23 five-wicket hauls in 131 Test matches. Ashwin achieved this in just 43 Test matches. He is third on the list of Indians with highest five-wicket hauls in Tests. Anil Kumble has the highest 5-wicket hauls. He has taken 35 fifers. Harbhajan Singh follows second with 25 five-fors.
This is a big total at Wankhede. If England bowl out India cheaply, they will have a huge chance to defeat them and open their account in the series.
England are trailing 2-0 in the series. If India manage to defeat them or even draw the match, they will take an unassailable lead in the 5-match series.